sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The orange and spice hits the second you pop the cap. Hops and floral spice very pronounced in the smell. Appears a bit red and quite filtered. Hops just keep hitting the nose. Nice bitter, full, warm finish that lingers with more hop notes. 3F’s flagship, indeed. A great beer.
lewis13 (49) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy, good head-lacing...nice lasting finish. Three floyds can’t go wrong!
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: mild, slightly sweet malts, flowers. butter, caramel. Appearance: translucent, light golden amber, thin white head. Flavor: light malt, minimal bitterness, creamy, light caramel. Palate: smooth, soft, creamy, slow fade finish. Overall: a nice creamy, soft beer with a nice balance of subtle malts and slight bitterness. Used to much heavier styles (I’m a huge barleywine fan) so the subtleties of this beer may have been lost on me....
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best pale ale I’ve ever had.
Very well balanced pale as well.
Hops are explosive and citrisy.
If you have not had this ale you are missing out,because it’s all the hype you’ve read about.
Lehighbri (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Nice frothy head. Very smooth on the palate and no after taste. Tastes of subtle caramel and hops. Definitely like this but isn't my favorite IPA.
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild fruit and just the right amount of hops! Very well balanced and drinkable beer. Wouldn’t expect anything less from 3Floyds
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great smell even better taste. Very refreshing hoppy finish. My new fav pale ale!
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My go to IPA...12oz Pour a warm brown color with medium size white head and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. The flavor is perfectly balanced and not overly bitter. A first rate beer from one of the best brewers in America.
BrewSquid (45) - Plattsburg, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
IBU’s are fairly high in this brew but I’m not sure I would call it the Alpha King! (I’ve made & had hoppier brews) That being said, this brew has a very respectable ’hopping’ that would please every hophead. The hops utilized work well together to create a nice, dry yet bitter palate while letting caramelized malt flavors through.
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper red. Extra fine beige head settles quickly to an incomplete cap.
Resiny, citric hops lead the nose. Caramelly, bready malt lies underneath providing more than ample support. Excellent balance, and complexity. Very nice indeed.
Even better in the mouth, where a medium body conveys that magic FFF juicy hop flavor. Again, there is excellent balance between the big maltiness and even bigger hop load. Finishes with a long, lingering hop bitterness. Major league.
Mild, extremely fine carbonation from the bottle conditioning gives a lush mouthfeel. Liquid velvet. Perilously drinkable. Amazingly this is probably my third favorite of the regular FFF line-up, but that speaks to the quality of Pride & Joy and Robert the Bruce rather than to any problems with this beer. Top notch stuff.